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Virtual lap of Hanoi Street Circuit, Vietnam GP
Today on Reddit F1, we see posted an interesting onboard lap of the new Formula One Hanoi street circuit intended for the Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled for the 2020 calendar.
Produced by an enthusiastic fan with a good ability to code and modify the computer game Assetto Corsa, here we see the first glimpse of what the circuit will be like as a driver.
Credit to: u/nothke
Vietnam Grand Prix: F1 confirm new race in Hanoi for 2020 calendar
“Since we became involved we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and the Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realisation of that ambition,” said F1 chairman Chase Carey
British GP could leave Silverstone
“We’re a 68-year-old entity and the nature of grand prix racing is that it is dynamic,” says F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches,
“Silverstone was the first grand prix, but we haven’t raced at Silverstone all those 68 years. The race has been held at Brands Hatch and other venues.
“Nothing is immutable in this sport in terms of where we race,” he continues.
“We do value certain races highly and we do what we can to preserve racing there, but we are a business. We are a public company and we have a lot of stakeholders and shareholders and we’re trying to marry what’s best for fans with running a successful business.”
“We look at it in three ways,” says Bratches. “Firstly, we want to preserve the heritage races, they are very important to Formula 1 and they are very important to fans. I’m talking about the Silverstones, the Spas, the Monzas of this world.
“Then we have a set of street races and hybrid street races, where we race in parks and on city streets, such as Melbourne, Montreal and Mexico City. The third segment features purpose-built facilities such as Shanghai, Austin, Texas and Bahrain. Beyond that we are looking to identify further street races, so this race (Vietnam) is a further step in terms of our vision.”
“One of the things we have been intensely focused on is extending grand prix racing to iconic cities, in downtown areas, where we can best engage fans,” he adds. “Most of our grands prix are currently half an hour to an hour outside cities, so the race in Hanoi fulfills of one of our preliminary goals, an iconic city hosting racing on a potentially thrilling street circuit. Vietnam’s concept of what grand prix racing should be about matches our vision for the sport.
“We’re the beneficiaries of interest from cities, states, countries, municipalities from around the world,” he says, “and we have been taking a very cadenced approach in terms of how we go to market in terms of race promotion, choosing carefully so that potential races fit well with the existing structure we have and the direction in which we want to go in the future
“Historically Formula One has been very reactive in terms of people coming to them, but we have been more proactive, going to markets that we think are aligned with our brand values and which provide the opportunity to engage fans in new ways. A street circuit is a great way to do that. We have Monaco, Baku and Singapore and this is a great addition to that line-up.”
Honda to revert to Spec 3 power unit in Brazil
Honda ditched their latest spec Power Unit for Mexico having run it successfully in Japan and the United States, but have now decided to revert back to the higher power engine for Brazil.
Hartley, who scored points for the first time in eight races at the US GP with the new engine, is hopeful of repeating his result and is thankful to have the extra performance it provides.
“My pace in the last few events has been really fantastic and I had a great points finish in Austin, followed by a strong turn of speed in Mexico, even if it didn’t deliver the result we might have deserved.”
“Therefore, I’m going into the last two races of the year in a really positive frame of mind. We will have the latest spec Honda engine on board and we know that it delivers much more performance.
“On top of that, the new aero kit adds some value and seems to suit my driving style. I believe we can be in good shape and we will be targeting some more points.”